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California Coast Itineraries

It’s fitting that Disney Cruise Line visits Ensenada, as it’s sometimes known as “The Cinderella of the Pacific.” Just 70 miles south of San Diego, California, this is Baja California’s only deepwater port. While tourism is important, the area is also home to Mexico’s finest vineyards, fisheries, a movie studio, and a Fender Guitar factory.

The port of Ensenada


Ensenada (cove) is nestled between jagged mountains and the crescent of the Bahia de Todos Santos (Bay of All Saints). TV fans remember Ensenada from The Love Boat, sports fans know it as the starting line for the Baja 1000 and 500 auto races, the huge Newport to Ensenada yacht race, big-wave surfing competitions, and sport fishing. The city is low-rise and fairly modern, showing little of its past. One of the oldest neighborhoods, Zona Central, attracts shoppers and diners alike. Its climate, similar to San Diego’s, has attracted major universities and nurtures wineries in the Guadalupe Valley north of the city. Most visitors will see La Bufadora, a marine geyser that can spout 100 feet skyward.


While sparsely settled, archaeological evidence shows the area has been inhabited for thousands of years. The “modern” tribes are related by language, Yuman, (as in Yuma, Arizona) to those of California and Arizona. The best natural harbor on Baja’s 900-mile Pacific coast was sighted by Juan Cabrillo, who famously charted the California coast in the early 1540s. Settled by Jesuits, the town was founded in 1742 as San Mateo. The port has kept the town on the map ever since, serving as the capital of Baja from 1882 to 1915. The population dropped to 5,000 by the Prohibition era, when wealthy Americans began traveling here to party. By the ‘50s the population was up to 20,000, and has grown ten-fold since then.


Size: 50 miles/80 km. long
Climate: Mediterranean Temperatures: 45°F (7°C) to 73°F (23°C)
Population: 279,765 (city) Busy Season: June–October, December
Language: Spanish Money: Mexican Peso (12 Pesos = $1 U.S.)
Time Zone: Pacific Transportation: Walking, taxis
Phones: Dial 011 52 from the U.S.., 066 for emergencies
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